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June 30, 2014
Washington Closure Hanford, the contractor managing the River Corridor Closure Project for the Richland Operations Office, leveraged subcontractor expertise and equipment to remove a 1,082-ton nuclear test reactor and dispose of it in an approved landfill. The reactor was the largest of Hanford’s experimental reactors used for developing and testing alternative fuels for the commercial nuclear power industry in the 1960s.
Hanford Site Small Businesses Secure $8.9 Billion in Subcontracts

RICHLAND, Wash. – Contractors continue to exceed their small business goals by hiring subcontractors at the Hanford site.

June 30, 2014
Wade Sumner, Dax's last handler at SRS, says goodbye to Dax as the dog rejoins his former handler, federal Special Agent Patrick Price.
Dog Earns Retirement with Former Handler

AIKEN, S.C. – Dax, a male German shepherd in the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) security canine unit, recently earned retirement by joining the family of one of his former trainers.

June 30, 2014
Soil and Groundwater Remediation Project Pipefitter John Reynolds explains some of the modifications he helped make at the 200 West Pump and Treat System that increased its water treatment capability.
Employee-Driven Initiative Increases Treatment Capacity, Reduces Clean Water Demands

RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL), a cleanup contractor supporting EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL), continue to enhance and expand capabilities of a facility that treats legacy contamination at the Hanford site.

June 30, 2014
SRNL Investigator Dr. James Marra
EM Laboratory Researcher James Marra Recognized for Leadership

AIKEN, S.C. – Dr. James Marra, an investigator with EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), was named the 2014 recipient of the D.T. Rankin Award for exemplary service to the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

June 30, 2014
A hole near Hanford's D Reactor now 85 feet deep is shown when it was about 70 feet deep.
Workers Successfully Excavate Mother Lode of Chromium Contamination at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) have removed what is believed to be the primary source of chromium contamination to the Columbia River near Hanford’s D Reactor after workers excavated 2.2 million tons of material from waste sites.

June 26, 2014
A panoramic view of the east end of the C-410 complex shows a rainbow forming as sunlight passes through vapor from misting machines used to suppress dust.
Workers Demolishing Significant Inactive Facility at Paducah Site

PADUCAH, Ky. – Heavy equipment operators are demolishing the last of 32 inactive facilities scheduled to be removed as part of the current cleanup scope at EM’s Paducah Site.

May 29, 2014
Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Project Services and Support Director Sandra Fairchild, far left, presented checks to recipients of the SRR 2014 STAR Scholarships during a recent ceremony. Recipients, second from left to right, are Nancy Brady-Wood, Kelly Edwards Elementary School, Williston, S.C.; Allison Childers, A. Brian Merry Elementary School, Augusta, Ga.; Mary Hellen Cochran, Greendale Elementary School, New Ellenton, S.C.; La’Kendra Garrett, Merriwether Elementary School, Edgefield County, S.C.; Christi McWaters, East Aiken School of the Arts, Aiken, S.C.; Debbie Murphy, Gracewood Elementary School, Augusta, Ga.; Diane Polk, Busbee Corbett Elementary School, Wagener, S.C.; Mary Simpson, North Augusta Elementary School, North Augusta, S.C.; Theresa Spieker, Mossy Creek Elementary School, North Augusta, S.C.; and Wanda Wates, W.E. Parker Elementary School, Edgefield County, S.C. Recipients not pictured include Holly Palmer, Chukker Creek Elementary School, Aiken, S.C., and Whitten Chavis, J.D. Lever Elementary School, Aiken, S.C.
EM Contractor Awards STEM Grants to Schools

Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the EM program’s liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), awarded grants to 12 area schools to recognize and support excellence in teaching.

May 29, 2014
This petroglyph is among the many prehistoric artifacts at the NNSS.
Cultural Artifacts Cross Eras at the NNSS

It is well known that the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) is home to many artifacts from the Cold War. But few people may be aware of the older important cultural resources that exist throughout the site.

May 29, 2014
Jessie Welch performs laboratory work at WIPP Laboratories, which is a member of the National Analytical Management Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Response Laboratory Network.
EM-Led Radiological Incident Response Program Receives Honors

A program led by EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) that coordinates analytical capabilities throughout DOE for response to potential national radiological incidents recently received recognition for the best-in-track poster at a waste management conference earlier this year.

May 29, 2014
When September 2013 floods roared through the region, sites across Los Alamos National Laboratory, such as the Pueblo Canyon wetland, were damaged.
Willows Aid Flood Recovery in Los Alamos Desert

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Associate Directorate of Environmental Programs (ADEP) has been busy with various flood recovery activities since last fall. 

Los Alamos and much of New Mexico experienced off-the-charts rains in September 2013 causing over $3 million in damage to monitoring gages, roadways, and stormwater control structures on Laboratory property.